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A Fine Whale's Tooth Tabua

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A fine old Sperm Whale's tooth 'Tabua’ or breast ornament of good colour and in excellent condition. Re-drilled, at least once (for the coir suspension) at the open, root end, suggesting that this was tabua was worn over a considerable period of time. In conjunction with a complex patina, deep colouring and many surface marks and scratches, this tabua appears to be of considerable age, dating from no later than the beginning of the 19th century.

Fijian, circa 1820.

7.75 inches long 

approx. 8 inches in circumference.

'Tabua'  would often be presented to an official or dignitary on their departure from a particular area and it was by this means that many old 'tabua' found their way to Europe. 

Fijian, early 19th century. 7 inches long.

Item Code: 4276

£ 1500

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